2010 Nigerian car bomber gets life sentence


A Nigerian court sentenced the brother of a suspected militant leader to life imprisonment for treason for his involvement in twin car bombings in Abuja in 2010.

The blasts, which killed at least 10 people near an Independence Day parade, were claimed by the Movement of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), formerly the main militant group in Nigeria’s southern oil heartland before it reached a peace agreement with government.

Charles Okah pleaded not guilty at the beginning of the trial, which took over seven years.

In 2013, a South African court sentenced his brother, Henry, to 24 years in prison for masterminding the car bombings.